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Apr 19, 2013 9:00am PDT
time. >>> i want to bring in nbc's michael isikoff. who is with us in watertown. michael, we were seeing some helicopter activity in the skies over there. we know that there is a no-fly zone over much of boston. the city is on lockdown. can you give us an update? >> exactly, alex. for about the last 15 minutes we've had military style helicopters circling above us here. this is where we are is right by the staging area where convoys of military vehicles, buses of police, and state police have been gathering all morning. it appeared some hours ago that there was, that they were planning this staging for possible confrontation or assault. >> in the last 15 minutes, suddenly we're seeing all of these choppers flying by us, landing right over there behind us. and then some have been taking off. what this symbolizes, what this means at this point is not clear. zbld tamer lan 25 . >> i see a, state troopers with weapons coming over here, they're about to do a sweep of the entire area. >> watertown massachusetts with the very latest where the level of activity is -- >> there's also suppo
MSNBC
Apr 19, 2013 2:30am PDT
international ties. with that information, joining us now from watertown, massachusetts, is michael isikoff, who's there on the scene. michael, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, these are two cold-blooded terrorists, in the words of police. we saw a pretty brazen example of that tonight. here's the sequence of events as we understand them right now. at about 10:20 last night, there's a robbery at a 7-eleven in cambridge. after that, an m.i.t. police officer was shot and killed in his head. at that point, the two suspects who are the suspects in the boston marathon bombing, engage in a carjacking and seize a black mercedes suv. the victim in that case, the owner of the vehicle, is kept with them for about a half an hour while they drive through and head towards watertown chased by police. at some point, they let the victim out, and the police chase ensues to watertown at which point there's this fire fight. explosive devices are thrown from the car. one of the suspects is -- an mbta transit officer is wounded seriously. one of the suspects is critically injured, taken into custody and is now
MSNBC
Apr 21, 2013 4:00am PDT
on the investigation i'm joined by nbc news national investigative correspondent michael isikoff. a good sunday morning to you, mi michael. what are we hearing about the time line when tsarnaev may be charged and the charges he is facing? >> reporter: well, we could see charges against tsarnaev as early as today. i know that federal prosecutors are were preparing them yesterday. actually, we've been told they might come late yesterday afternoon or even last night. they didn't. so it's possible we may now see them this morning. now what that would consist of is not an actual indictment but a criminal complaint backed up by an affidavit most likely from an fbi agent that should have addition additional details about the evidence that the government hases on tsarnaev, where he bought the parts of the bomb, what actual -- we may learn where he purchased his weapons. other evidence that ties him direct directly to the bombing. and it could illuminate information we've all been looking for about how the bombs were made, when they were made, where they were made. we don't know how much the
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Apr 26, 2013 5:30pm PDT
and called the police who tracked his stolen mercedes using gps. michael isikoff, nbc news, boston. >>> president obama today called the alleged use of chemical weapons by syria a potential game-changer. our political director, chief white house correspondent chuck todd is with us for more on this. chuck, what to do about it now in a nation not looking for yet another foreign conflict? >> reporter: absolutely. look, the first time personally the president acknowledged that, yes, they have -- we have evidence, the united states government -- evidence of chemical weapons being used in syria. but in a meeting and the oval office with the king of jordan he made that acknowledgment with a lot of caveats. take a listen. >> knowing that potentially chemical weapons have been used inside of syria doesn't tell us when they were used, how they were used, obtaining confirmation and strong evidence. all of those things we have to make sure we work on with the international community and we, ourselves, are going to focus on this. >> reporter: here's what sources are making clear to me. their in
MSNBC
Apr 16, 2013 3:00pm PDT
director of the national counterterrorism center. thank you both for joining me. michael isikoff, let me go to you first. "the boston globe" is reporting that officials have recovered a second -- from the scene of the exploexs. what is your take on that? >> well, the fbi would not confirm that at the briefing we just had. they did confirm there are two devices, both in black nylon bags. search -- pressure cooker bombs. one point that i thought was quite interesting that fbi special agent in charge deloria made, these are heavy bombs. two heavy bombs in black nylon bags at two locations about 75 to 100 yards away from each other that were set off within 12 seconds. it remains an open question whether that could have been done by one perpetrator or more than one to have placed those two bags within a short period of time in this open, crowded area and not be noticed. it does raise questions whether one person could have pulled that off. i should tell you that a couple of other pieces of information i've learned tonight that federal law enforcement source confirms that prosecutors are preparin
MSNBC
Apr 19, 2013 2:00pm PDT
. >> michael isikoff, chief investigative correspondent. thanks so much, mike. thank you for watching. chris matthews picks things up right now. >>> dzhokhar tsarnaev. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening, i'm chris matthews with the latest developments in the manhunt for the boston bombing suspect. 24 hours ago, the fbi released video and photos of the two suspects as i'm speaking, authorities are carrying out a massive manhunt for one of those suspects. 19-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev. he was born in the former soviet republic of kyrgyzstan. his family is chechnyan. he became an american citizen last year on 9/11. authorities are searching house to house in the boston suburb of watertown where he's believed to be holed up. older brother, suspect number one was killed last night in a shootout with police. nbc news reports that at that shootout, 200 rounds were exchanged. and before that happened, he and his brother killed a security officer at m.i.t. held a man captive after carjacking him. and severely wounded another police officer. the older brother, tamerlan tsarnaev, was 26. nbc news
MSNBC
Apr 17, 2013 12:00pm PDT
case. >> all route, jonathan, thank you for that. michael isikoff, nbc news's national investigative correspondent. michael, you're on the ground, what are you hearing? >> pretty much what we just outlined here. there is a lot of excitement within the last few hours with all of these report. but first a break through, then a suspect and then a suspect in custody and that last part that is certainly not true. but the key question in my mind at this point and it is still open, is, yes, we know now from multiple sources that there is a -- that there is video of an individual dropping off a black bag, bag at the site of where the bomb exploded. and that makes him certainly a witness in this case. it is unclear to me whether they know who that is. and even if they could identify the face, whether they could find that person. and i think that raises all sorts of questions. if they found him and they are going to question him and they will be able to piece together and see whether he's got an account of where he was and why he was there that holds up or not. but if they cannot identify who
MSNBC
Apr 17, 2013 11:00am PDT
to michael isikoff. michael, what can you tell me about what is happening there? >> well, i think people got excited when there were reports of an arrest and people congregated at the courthouse. we are getting further and further confirmation, there is no such arrest. since the period we've been on the air. i got two e-mails on my blackberry from senior federal law enforcement officials telling me no arrest. no suspect in custody. so people are gathering at the courthouse expecting to see the perpetrator of the boston marathon bombing being brought into the hauls of justice, they are going to be disappointed today. >> and it is -- can you imagine the emotions of people hearing that there's been a major development such as an arrest and so much so that they show up to see what is happening there and again, i cannot stress enough, this speak to the anxiety. three people lost their lives. one kid can be five years old, injured. another kid, 8 years old, lost his life. classmates and kids he played lace ball wi baseball with showed up. so the level of anxiety, is why people showed up
MSNBC
Apr 22, 2013 3:00pm PDT
now is michael isikoff, live in boston and jim cavanaugh, former atf special agent who led the investigations in to the atlanta olympic bombing and don clark, former agent in charge in houston. michael, let me go to you first. what jumps out at you from the fbi complaint filed today? >> reporter: well, actually, the passage describing the carjacking, a rather chilling account from the victim in which he was -- in which he describes being in his car on a road in cambridge, one of the tsarnaev brothers, the affidavit is not clear which one, knocks on the window, he rolls down the window, that tsarnaev opens the door, gets in, brand dishes his gun, says did you hear about the boston explosion and then adds, i did that. a boast that he was the bomber and then shows him his gun, taking out the magazine, shows the bullet in it, puts the magazine back in and says, i'm serious. he then orders the carjacker to drive him to an atm machine, also to pick up his brother, then take over the car and eventually the car -- the victim is able to escape but that boast, i did that, was one of the
MSNBC
Apr 19, 2013 6:00pm PDT
hurt. has at least one gunshot. michael isikoff joins us now from watertown. michael, what can you you tell us? >> rachel, this is a remarkable scene just over the last 20 minutes to half an hour, when word got out that suspect is in custody. people are out on the street watching and waiting with their cell phone when the word came. cheers burst out from the crowd and as police exited, people are giving a cheer for each vehicle. high-fives and cheers for police and fire. the fire department, first responders. you can hear it still going on. i saw policemen congratulating etch each other. wave together crowd. they were warmed to the reception they were getting. a real sense of community here on the streets of watertown. >> michael, the country is feeling relief because of not only this guy not being at large, but this being the first step toward justice. having him in custody so he can face justice for what he has done. but the relief that must be felt just from being able to get out. can you talk to us at all about how heavy the law enforcement presence was? what it was like there?
MSNBC
Apr 19, 2013 1:00am PDT
there is an active search going on at this point in time. >> let me go to nbc's michael isikoff. you heard pete williams mention a moment ago that police now suspect these two men have an overseas connection, may be foreigners. how does this change this story as we see it? >> well, right now i think everybody's focused on the man hunt for suspect number two, the man with the white baseball cap. they have not released his identify. i think we should probably be a little cautious at this moment about the implications of that and just focus on what we're learning. we're getting some fresh details right now. i just got an e-mail from the district attorney in middlesex county that adds a bit to that police briefing, and if i could share it. this began at about 10:20 p.m. last night. we were previously told it began with a robbery of a 7-eleven by these two suspects. that was followed by reports of shots fired on the m.i.t. campus. an m.i.t. campus police officer was found shot in his vehicle. at that point, the two suspects actually engaged in a carjacking of a black mercedes suv. there w
MSNBC
Apr 17, 2013 7:00pm PDT
use and michael isikoff reports they were in a battery pack made by a company in california used to power toy cars and often for sale in hobby shops. officials have opened up more of the area around the crime scene, focusing their investigation primarily on those two explosion points and the stretch of boylston street. i'm joined now by massachusetts governor deval patrick. thank you for joining me. >> thank you, lawrence. >> i'd like you to tell the story about how you found out about these explosions. i heard you explain this on a local interview. >> i had been out at the finish line crowning the men's and women's winners earlier in the day and i had finished up, i don't know, 1:00 or so -- >> you had done your governor duty for the day. >> i did my governor duty. i had an unusually empty afternoon, i did some errands and i went to work out and i was driving home and my youngest daughter called from this neighborhood. she wasn't actually at the race but nearby and she said, dad, i heard two loud booms and everybody's running. what's going on? and i said, i don't know. but let me f
MSNBC
Apr 16, 2013 6:00am PDT
investigation, we bring in national investigative correspondent for nbc michael isikoff. he is in boston. michael, what do we know this morning? >> well, we know there is a massive investigation under way, but so far, few hard leads that anybody can seize on. overnight about a dozen law enforcement agents searched that apartment in revere where two saudis were questioned. agents left with bags of what appeared to be evidence, gym bags, trash bags, but no arrests were made. apparently they were led there by the saudi national who was questioned at the hospital fleeing from the incident. but again, no arrests are made. not clear whether there's any connection at this point. the theories range the gamut here, chuck. we all know about the significance of these dates. this week in recent law enforcement history. waco. columbine. tax day was yesterday. is there some connection there. that was one major theory of law enforcement. another one is the islamic militant jihadi lone wolf. but at this point the boston police spokeswoman just tweeted asking for patience, a sure sign that there i
MSNBC
Apr 23, 2013 11:00pm PDT
cash. for more on all this i'm joined by michael isikoff, national investigative correspondent for nbc news. michael, thank you for this. we're watching, we're trying to learn. what do you make of this testimony by -- of the man in fair condition now, the younger brother? is it to be believed? >> reporter: well, it is worth pointing out that it's not actually in his interest to say this. the one option he's got now is to try to figure out a way to avoid the death penalty because the evidence against him is so overwhelming. and the best way to do that would be to tell authorities that there were others involved as part of a deal to save his life. at least that's what any lawyer would tell him. and that's not what he's done. so in many -- in some respects, he's actually hurt himself by saying this. now, that said, it is also worth noting that the preliminary review by fbi agents of the cell phones and e-mails of the two brothers does not show, does not appear to show any indication of accomplices or connections to outside terror groups. i should stress this is early in the investigat
MSNBC
Apr 26, 2013 9:00am PDT
investigative correspondent, michael isikoff. i want to talk to you about the fbi -- failure, the fact that both the c.i.a. and the fbi eventually had tamerlan tsarnaev on their watch list. but not in coordination with one another. the fact that the russian government had to intervene. what are you hearing about how serious this intelligence coordination or failure of it may be? >> well, there are clearly a lot of questions that people on the hill have about what actually took place here. although it's far from clear, this is as big an intelligence failure as the run-up to 9/11 for example. here's what we know. that the fbi got this report from the russian fsb. back in 2011. suggesting that he was a follower of radical islam, they investigated. they did not find any evidence to back it up. no evidence of violent activity. but he does get placed into an fbi database. and does get put on a watch list. he gets entered into a watch list. again, the russian fsb contacts the c.i.a. later that year. offers the same evidence the c.i.a. puts him on a watch list. in january 2012 as we reported,
MSNBC
Apr 19, 2013 1:00pm PDT
investigative correspondent michael isikoff joins us now from boston. mike, just start us off with exactly where this manhunt stands at this very moment, because less than about 20 minutes ago, we understood that there were two suspects that the police were seeking. now we understand that's been reduced to just the one. >> reporter: right. just another example of how much misinformation has been in this case from the beginning. a lot of this is coming from police scanners, where police think as some point they have a suspect or person of interest and it turns out to wash out. just like we often get bum tips in the news business that never quite pan out. earlier today, we had picked up from police scanners that dzhokhar tsarnaev, the one everybody is looking for, might be just a few blocks down here at an office complex. a security sensor had been -- had tipped off that there was, authorities, there was some intrusion that led everybody to think he was there. cars were zooming down here with screaming lights, and that turned out to be a wash. so i think that's just another reminder
MSNBC
Apr 18, 2013 3:00pm PDT
them to justice. joining me now is michael isikoff from nbc news. >> good to be with you. >> you heard the fbi press conference. what is your reaction? what did we learn and what do you take away from it? >> well, we learned a lot and it was a pretty dramatic press conference. first and foremost, we have the pictures. we have video. the public can watch it on their own. these people have been clearly identified as suspects by the fbi. we did not know before this press conference how the fbi was going to categorize -- characterize these people, whether they were just persons of interests, potential witnesses. but mr. deslauriers clearly said suspects, armed and dangerous. we reported last night the photos of the individual with the white cap had been distributed to other law enforcement agencies. >> right. >> the purpose was to see if they had anything on this guy, if they had any information about who he is. the fact that they went public today, that they showed it to the public, is an indication that they most likely did not because we still do not have an identity of who these
MSNBC
Apr 29, 2013 10:00pm PDT
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Apr 18, 2013 4:00pm PDT
now. i'm joined by michael isikoff, special agent in charge, james cavanaugh and former fbi profiler clint van zandt. we're operating in real-time now, about an hour after this was out, people now know what these people look like, a pretty good look at them. the people who know them know that they see them or recognize them or not. they know who they are. many people may know where they are right now, what court country they come from, maybe here in the united states, we don't know. what we don't know is if it's possibly overseas. >> chris, as you and i have talked the last couple of days, this was a terrible incident was that easy for one, easier for two people to do it. now we see that it was two. they backpacked these devices in. what we find is very elaborate plans. planning goes in to carrying it out but not a lot of planning goes into the escape plan. the bottom line right now is that if these two men are still in the united states, i think within 24 to 36 hours they are going to be in custody. we've got 310 million sets of eyes just in this country. if it were you or i trying
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Apr 29, 2013 7:00pm PDT
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Apr 13, 2013 5:30pm PDT
u.s. military detention facility at guantanamo bay, cuba. nbc's michael isikoff reports that guards raided the largest camp at guantanamo early this morning, and fired nonlethal shots as they tried to end a growing protest. military officials say the raid was ordered after detainees covered up surveillance cameras, blocking the views of guards. more than 40 detainees have been engaged in a hunger strike because guantanamo remains open. >>ew development today in the case of a texas d.a. who was murdered along with his wife in their home last month. authorities arrested 46-year-old eric williams. he's charged with making a terroristic threat after searching his home. williams is the former justice of the peace in kaufman county, a position he lost last year, when the d.a.'s office convicted him of theft. he has not been named a suspect in the murders. >>> in augusta, georgia, tiger woods is once again the center of controversy. it stems from a penalty during yesterday's action at the masters. woods hit a shot into the water on the 15th hole, and was forced to take a ball drop. he went
MSNBC
Apr 16, 2013 4:00pm EDT
this deadly act of cowardice. we're joined by michael isikoff, nbc's national investigative correspondent. michael, we reported the police visited an apartment in revere, massachusetts, last night, an apartment of a man who was injured in the explosion yesterday. he's reportedly in the country on a student visa. we all know boston is a magnet for students from around the world because of the wonderful colleges and universities they have there. but does this help with such a large body of people from around the world coming into boston, does this help police and authorities try to get a clue on what they're looking for? >> well first of all, thomas, from everything we know, that lead last night washed out. i was actually there at 2:00 in the morning. federal agents had gone into that building, questioned two of the foreign nationals who lived in that apartment and left with some evidence, but made no arrests and there's no indication that they are suspects at this point. in fact, we've learned some things today. we've learned some information about the bombs. they were pressu
MSNBC
Apr 29, 2013 9:00am PDT
, michael isikoff. we just read a litany of statistics regarding how gigantic and perhaps unwieldy the u.s. intelligence network is. we have no doubt ramped up our counterterrorism activities after boston. is there a flaw in the system, namely, is it just too big to catch people like tamerlan tsarnaev and dzhokhar tsarnaev? >> excellent question, alex. while we're learning more and more each day about the tsarnaev brothers and who they may or may not have been in touch with, we're learning a lot more about this multiplicity of databases and various government entities. and what their different roles are and how the intelligence was still not being shared here. we know, for instance, that tamerlan tsarnaev was on at least three different government databases. the government, the fbi, guardian file when they got the original tip from russian intelligence. the homeland security's text file, tecs database, used for questioning people at airports. and then there's this tide master terror database maintained by the national counterterrorism center. yet, somehow the basic information was not shar
MSNBC
Apr 20, 2013 9:00am PDT
correspondent michael isikoff. michael, with a welcome to you, let's get to who gets to question tsarnaev and does that happen while he's still in the hospital? what do you know on that? >> reporter: well, first of all, we understand that charges -- criminal charges may be filed against him as early as today. possibly this afternoon. we're waiting to hear on that. which does make this a bit tricky because normally in a criminal process you are entitled to be read your rights, you're entitled to know that you have a right to counsel, and, instead, as you have indicated, the administration is going to invoke the just -- the justice department is going to invoke that public safety exception to the miranda rights and try to question him by its special intelligence team without informing him of his rights to lawyers and there's already some pushback on that. the aclu, i just got a statement from them saying that this is a denial of rights to an american citizen. it's un-american, and we have to be very cautious about how much latitude we give the administration -- give the government on this. >> m
MSNBC
Apr 23, 2013 12:00pm PDT
investigative correspondent mike isikoff remains in boston for us. michael, what more have we learn about this lone wolf claim? >> reporter: well, this is looking more and more to bureau officials like a case of self-radicalization. as we've reported, dzhokhar tsarnaev said he and his brother acted alone. they were motivated by a desire to defend islam. and as a result of u.s. wars in iraq and afghanistan, that they learned to make the bomb from online versions of inspire magazine, put out by al qaeda in yemen. perhaps most significantly, at the moment, a preliminary review of the computer and cell phones that they used have shown no indicators of outside accomplices. this is preliminary. there is a lot more to go through. but the initial review of the cell phones and e-mails do not seem to indicate that there was anybody else who was an accomplice in the plot. now, as i said, it is preliminary. the bureau official are investigating of we also learned today that the fbi has been talking to members of that cambridge mosque where tamerlan tsarnaev had been a frequent attendee. had eng
MSNBC
Apr 25, 2013 7:00pm PDT
nbc news national investigative correspondent, michael isikoff and wnbc investigative reporter jonathan deanst. michael, what happens in terms of the miranda warning imposed at the hospital has become an issue. you have information about how the sessions went down inside the hospital. >> reporter: right. first of all, as you know, lawrence, there is this controversy that erupted today when congressman mike rogers, chairman of the house intelligence committee, said the judge in the case, judge bolar, had interfered with the fbi questioning, ordered that the court appearance at the hospital move ahead expeditiously, and that interrupted the questioning. there was a strong pushback from the justice department today, saying that that's absolutely not the case. look, he was charged on sunday, late on sunday, about 6:00, i believe. and then according to court rules, the -- he had to have his -- be read his rights and have that initial court appearance without undue delay. that was the next business day. the court -- the lawyers were appointed. the public defender's office were appoin
MSNBC
Apr 18, 2013 7:00am PDT
& taylor's surveillance camera perched outside the store facing the race. nbc's michael isikoff is covering the investigation live in boston for us, and michael, now that they have this video, perhaps a faith, what's next? >> reporter: well, what we're -- what's next is we're likely, we're told we're going to have an fbi briefing this afternoon, most likely shortly after the president's speech, and we are expecting, we'll see these photos. it's not for sure yet. there's been a lot of discussion about whether to release them, but these are the two persons of interest as it were that the fbi wants to talk to. now, again, they do not -- we are told, do not have the names of these individuals. they don't know who they are. they are going to once again seek the public's help just like they were seeking the public's help a couple of days ago in asking for video. how crucial this is in the case, we don't know yet. it does seem to be a sign of at least some progress. >> does there seem to be some inclination for them to -- to release a photo, or are investigators holding that decision clos
MSNBC
Apr 17, 2013 2:00pm PDT
michael isikoff joins us from boston with the latest on the investigation. michael, everybody in america who's on watching television or whatever they're watching, listening to radio, wants to know who this person is. we have, we're told, a picture, a video of a person dropping a black bag down on the ground and leaving. what more do we have? >> reporter: well, it's not clear. we were hoping to get some answers this afternoon. there was supposed to be a 5:00 briefing. that's been postponed because of the evacuation of the federal courthouse. that evacuation has now been called off. we've gotten the all clear. but it delayed federal -- law enforcement officials from getting over to the westin hotel where we were supposed to have the briefing. we're still hoping it's going to come this afternoon or early this evening. look, the main point is, all we know for sure is that there is a video of a man dropping off this black bag. one -- it's not clear that federal authorities know who that person is, much less have talked to him. they may have a face. they may not have a name. that's so
MSNBC
Apr 19, 2013 6:00am PDT
michael isikoff, he's in boston and following the nitty-gritty of the investigation. michael, there's been two reports this morning in the last half hour, pete williams saying that the authorities believe they know where dzhokhar tsarnaev is, the suspect in the white hat is. and concerns about a third relative, which explains the larger drag net, if you will, and why the entire greater boston area was asked to shelter in place. >> it could explain that, chuck, because there's a contradiction there. if they know where he is, why would they shut down the entire city of boston, which they did like less than an hour ago when governor patrick came out here. there's still a lot of unanswered questions here, but, first, i want to point out, chuck. we're right across at the watertown mall right across the street is the main staging area that you were referring to before. and earlier this morning and we've been here for hours now, we saw convoys of military humvees, buses filled with police, motorcycles, state police officers and all congregating in that staging area in the parking lot right b
NBC
Apr 21, 2013 6:00am PDT
him as soon as today. now our national investigative correspondent michael isikoff continues to cover the story from boston. he is standing by now with the very latest. michael, good morning. good to see you. >> we could be learning a lot more about the boston marathon bombing when federal prosecutors file those criminal charges possibly as early as this morning, laying out some of the government's evidence against the surviving 19-year-old suspe. but, meanwhile, questions are mounting about how much the fbi knew before the bombing about his older brother, and alleged accomplice and whether bureau officials failed to connect the dots. 19-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev is being treated at a boston hospital today still not well enough to be grilled by federal agents about the bombings and shootings that terrorized the city. >> serious but stable. >> reporter: authorities believe that his older brother tamerlan killed in a gun battle early friday morning while wearing explosives strapped to his chest may have instigated the plot and persuaded dzhokhar to join him in the bloody attacks.
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Apr 19, 2013 2:00am PDT
back in with you soon. i want to go now to michael isikoff, who's live in watertown, who's also been working his sources to find out the very latest on the story. michael, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, we believe that these individuals have international connections, that they're foreign nationals. they were here legally. we don't, at this point, know what their motive or what their cause is. we do have some more additional details about what transpired tonight. this began with a robbery at a 7-eleven in cambridge. in the course of that, an m.i.t. police officer was shot and killed in the head. at that point, there's a carjacking of this mercedes suv that pete williams was referring to. the victim of that carjacking was kept in the car with the two suspects for about half an hour as they drove and were -- a police chase ensued. those explosive devices were discharged. one of the suspects is now dead. the other is the man in the white baseball cap, the bomber, the suspected bomber. >> michael, sorry to cut you off, but i have to interrupt you because we want to go live now
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Apr 29, 2013 1:00pm PDT
michael isikoff who's in boston and by nbc news terrorism analyst roger cressey. good afternoon to both of you. mike, we've been hearing a lot about the mother, but now i understand you have some information about tamerlan's wife. what can you tell us? >> reporter: exactly, martin. earlier today, fbi agents went to the home of the parents of catherine russell, wife of tamerlan tsarnaev, questioned her for about an hour and left with bags of evidence. now, her lawyer says she's cooperating with the fbi but she's clearly a crucial witness, as agents try to piece together at background of tamerlan tsarnaev and his activities in the month leading up to the bombing. she has, was working during that time. they had a 3-year-old daughter. the parents were taking care of the daughter. but where was tamerlan during h this weirperiod? what was he doing? how much time did he spend at home with his daughter? how much time did he spend away? what did he tell his wife about where he was, who was he meeting with? these are crucial questions as fbi agents try to piece together the whole story here.
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Apr 23, 2013 1:00pm PDT
mother. >> joining us now from boston is nbc news national investigative correspondent michael isikoff. and frank silufo, director of the homeland security policy institute at george washington university. good afternoon, to both of you. mike, as the investigations continue both here and oversea, we understand that investigators are confident these brothers acted alone. even as their family members express utter bafflement. what are we learning about the larger case against these suspects? >> reporter: well first of all, this is looking, martin, more and more like a case of self-radicalization. now, nothing is conclusive and, you know, we're far from the end of this investigation right now. >> of course. of course. >> reporter: but the preliminary indicators, first, you have tsarnaev saying the two acted alone. number two, that preliminary review of cell phones and e-mails do seem to show no indication of accomplices, no contact with outsiders prior running up to the plot. third, the no claims of responsibility by any outside terrorist groups. and, in fact, in some cases denial
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Apr 29, 2013 11:00am PDT
bottom of this a lot more quickly and possibly head this disaster off. >> michael isikoff joins us now. we have seen a lot of interviews. do we know more about her background now that focus has come down since the news broke? >> reporter: we do know that the russians clearly had some cause of concern about the mother because they are wire tapping the conversation. one thing i can tell you is that there is some annoyance by the fbi that they didn't get this information before. they got the russian request to investigate tamerlan tsarnaev but didn't get the underlying source of that information, source of concern by the russians. and the russians have somewhat different areas of concern than the fbi. they are primarily concerned about russian security obviously. the russian security service. so the fbi when they initially get this report they don't know that the russians want the information because they think somehow tamerlan tsarnaev might be affiliated or have information about underground groups that are a threat to russia as oopposed to underground terrorist groups that might be a t
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Apr 30, 2013 1:00pm PDT
correspondent michael isikoff live with us once again from boston. mike, the president said today that director clapper's order of an intelligence review is, "standard procedure around here." do you think, though, that the president may be disappointed with his intel officials? just, perhaps, not wanting to show his hand? >> reporter: well, i think he actually did show his hand a little bit, if you read between the lines of what the president actually said. it's not as if the fbi did nothing. it performed its duties. the department of homeland security did what it's supposed to do. not exactly a rousing endorsement of their actions here. it's sort of the minimal things he could say, and clapper's -- the review clapper ordered is not exactly standard procedure. it's an inspector general review. and those are pretty serious matters in the law enforcement and intelligence community. they're conducted with great rig rigor. i can tell you quite a few people in the counterterrorism community are not happy this is an inspector general investigation or review. they expect inevitably as these r
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Apr 22, 2013 6:00am PDT
by nbc's national investigative correspondent michael isikoff. it seems to me the unanswered question everybody would like to know of, number one, where did these guys test? nobody believes this was the first time they did these bombs on monday. that they must have tested them somewhere. the second, what was tamerlan, the older brother, doing in russia for six months? >> reporter: exactly. there's so many unanswered questions here. but let's start with the -- that russian report to the fbi in 2011 asking them to investigate tamerlan. what sparked that -- the russian request? what information do they have? the fbi says that the russians didn't provide any backup. you look at their statement. they said they asked them to investigate him as a follower of radical islam with possible connections to underground groups. well, what underground groups were they? and were the russians able to share any of that information with the fbi? the fbi says no. they went, they questioned tamerlan. they questioned family members. they looked through data bases. they didn't find anything. but you
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Apr 17, 2013 1:00pm PDT
rapid pace. let's get the latest from nbc's michael isikoff. there's a lot that's been happening. bring us up to speed on where we are in this investigation. >> reporter: first of all, i should point out, karen, we're going to learn hopefully a lot more in just a little while. there's a 5:00 press briefing that the fbi has scheduled. i think it's the expectation they'll be able to sort through all the conflicting reports we've been getting all day. we do know that there have been some significant progress in the investigation. based on those videos. particularly the one taken outside the -- by the camera at the lord & taylor department store which is right behind where this second bomb blast went off. and from the video of that -- from the footage of that video camera, authorities, we're told, were able to identify an individual dropping off a black bag at the -- at the site where the bomb is believed to have exploded. and that a facial image of that man has been captured. now, what is unclear is whether or not authorities know who that individual is, much less whether they've been able
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Apr 16, 2013 12:00pm EDT
correspondent, michael isikoff. what are you hearing from officials in boston? >> we're hearing two devices put inside the pressure cookers, packed inside backpacks, the back packs were somewhere between 80 and 100 yards apart and they are believed most likely, but not definitively to have been triggered by some sort of timer such as a cell phone alarm. now that could have been done by one person who set up, this was a sophisticated device and would have required, expert timing or some expertise in assembly and in timing. but officials are also not ruling out that there could have been more than one perpetrator here. because it still required a lot of skill to assemble this kind of device packed with pellets and ball bearings and transport them to the scene. within that timeframe. >> a fluid situation. nbc news michael isikoff, thank you very much for the update. when we come back we'll go to luke russert for a quick update from capitol hill on how the boston situation is affecting legislation over there. [ male announcer ] how do you measure happiness? by the armful? by the barrelf
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Apr 24, 2013 1:00pm PDT
danger every single day. i want to bring in nbc news national investigative correspondent michael isikoff with us from boston. mike, the vice president says these knockoff jihadis as we called them were motivated by outright fear. but what are the latest details that we're learning about the suspects and who they really are? >> reporter: well, look, there are still very big outstanding questions. most prominently, what drove them to this act? who might have radicalized them? as we've reported over the last few days, dzhokhar tsarnaev has told investigators they acted alone. they learned how to build the bomb over the internet from "inspire" magazine. they were motivated by a desire to defend islam because of the u.s. wars in iraq and afghanistan. but there's still the outstanding question, what would have -- what changed? who radicalized them? we know that when that russian fsb request to the fbi comes, it says, interestingly, that tamerlan tsarnaev has become a follower of radical islam and that he has changed drastically. that suggests they had some information from -- from somebody close to
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Apr 24, 2013 10:00pm PDT
boston, nbc news national investigative correspondent michael isikoff and terrorism analyst roger cressy. roger, i want to go to a phrase that the vice president used today just in the speech we saw him give. he referred to them as knockoff jihadis. what do you make of his use of that phrase? >> lawrence, i think that's just a reference to they were not part of an organized part. they were not part of the broader network, self-radicalized, lone wolfs, or as brian jenkins, a longtime terrorism analyst would call them, stray dogs. i think he was trying to drive home the point, even if you have individuals who have done such heinous acts, while they may be part of a broader movement in a general sense, they pose a threat, but it's a threat we can deal with. and of course, resiliency in boston has been the key word since the attacks last monday. >> let's listen to what secretary of state john kerry said today in brussels. >> we just had a young person who went to russia and chechnya who blew people up in boston. so he didn't stay where he went, but he learned something where he went a
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Apr 22, 2013 12:00pm PDT
memorial is going to be held wednesday for the officer sean collier who was killed. michael isikoff, dzhokhar was charged today with conspireing. what's the latest with the 19-year-old suspect? >> reporter: well, he has been charged and there is a preliminary court hearing scheduled for may 30th. i have to say it is not at all clear what his medical condition is at this point and whether he is going to be able to appear for that court appearance. the manning straight had to be brought to the hospital. and in the affidavit with those criminal charges, it talks about him suffering gun wounds to the throat, the neck, to the body, multiple gun wounds. what his medical condition will be at this point is not clear. now what is, there are some additional details in this fbi affidavit. and probably what stuck out to me most was this very chilling account of the carjacking that took place in which the victim, coming from the victim, is there with his car. one of the tsarnaev brothers and it is not clear which one, brandishing a gun, taps on the car, gets into the car and says, did you hear about the b
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Apr 11, 2013 6:00am PDT
in the way. nbc news national investigative correspondent michael isikoff has more. >> reporter: as thousands march in washington demanding immigration reform, and a bipartisan group of senators crafts a bill that hopes can pass congress, roy beck is working hard to make sure their efforts fail. >> the real question is, are we going to flood this labor market with more foreign workers at the expense of our own americans? >> reporter: beck is the president of numbers usa, a grassroots lobby that ehelped kill president george w. bush's push for immigration reform in 2007. it's now launching attack ads, targeting reform backers like south carolina's lindsey graham. >> who demanded graham to end amnesty. >> amnesty, not me? >> he's got a message. >> you need to get your affairs in order and go back home. >> it's a position mitt romney picked up during last year's election. >> if people don't get work here, they're going to self-deport. >> beck takes credit for that. >> we were jumping on that bandwagon. i think the phrase is not the best phrase. >> reporter: it was the phrase you used.
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Apr 11, 2013 10:00am PDT
lining up against it, nbc's national investigative correspondent, michael isikoff, took a look at one of these groups, numbers usa led by roy beck. >> beck's got a blunt message for the country's 11 million documents zlxt. >> you need to get your affairs in order and go home. >> a position that mitt romney picked up in last year's election. >> if people don't get work here, they're going to self-deport. >> we were jumping on that bandwagon, yeah. i think the phrase is not the best phrase. >> it was the phrase you used. >> it's fine. beck and numbers usa are a the spearhead of a network of groups with names like f.a.i.r. that have spent 100 million to reshape policies restricting immigration. >> every bill in congress has been drafted by these groups or has been strongly advocated for by these groups. >> all three groups were founded with help from a controversial michigan doctor and environmentalist, john tanton. who in this 1993 memo wrote, for european american society and culture to persist, require as european american majority and a clear one at that. tanton was unavailable for c
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